Assistant Professor in Strategy HEC - Paris Visiting Faculty

Georg Wernicke is a professor of Strategy and Business Policy at HEC Paris. His general research focus is on topics in and the intersection of corporate governance and corporate social responsibility with a special emphasis on the role of the news media. Georg’s work has been published in several leading academic journals, including the Academy of Management Journal, Strategic Management Journal, and Organization Science. He has received several awards for this work, including the Oxford University Centre for Corporate Reputation Dissertation award.

Georg teaches courses in Business Ethics, Corporate Governance & Sustainability, and International and Strategic Management in bachelor, master, and MBA programs.

Prior to joining HEC, he was on the faculty of Copenhagen Business School and a visiting scholar at Stern School of Business, the University of Antwerp, Kellogg School of Management and INSEAD. Georg holds a Master’s degree in Business Administration from the Humboldt University of Berlin, an MA in Business Economics from the University College London, and a Ph.D. in Management from the University of Mannheim. He is also an alumnus of the International Teachers Program.

Georg serves on the editorial review boards of Corporate Governance: An International Review and the Strategic Management Journal. He is also a Representative-at-Large in the SMS Strategic Leadership and Governance IG. At the Academy of Management, he serves on the ONE Division Program Team and is a member of the Research Committee at the STR Division Research


Over the last decade sustainability, corporate social responsibility and stakeholder management practices have become paramount for companies as well as for society. Although most companies have developed sustainability programs over the years, as they’re cutting carbon emissions, reducing waste, and otherwise enhancing operational efficiency, we are witnessing a mishmash of sustainability tactics that does not add up to a sustainable strategy. To endure, a sustainable strategy has to cope with the competing – and apparently divergent – interests of all stakeholders: investors, employees, customers, governments, NGOs, and society. The purpose of this course is to initiate a debate around the role and functioning of modern corporations as business ethics and sustainability challenges, opportunities and solutions emerge.

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